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In his first major speech since becoming U.K. Secretary of State for Defense, Philip Hammond addressed hot policy issues, including moving the budget toward ambitious programs to renew the forces for a strong future.
Hammond's priority is a successful conclusion of the combat mission in Afghanistan, he said. The goal is not a "perfect" Afghanistan, but one able to maintain its own security and prevent the return of international terror groups.
Resetting the budget would not be easy nor pain-free, the Conservative party politician told a sold out audience at the Royal United Services Institute in London recently. Hammond succeeded Liam Fox--who resigned amid a …